ORIGINAL STORY: An ugly incident at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday left one fan badly bloodied.
During the Carolina Panthers’ 28-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, a young Panthers fan sucker-punched an older fan who was sitting behind him, apparently a result of the victim complaining about the attacker standing throughout the game.
The incident is pretty tough to watch. Video of the disturbing scene, along with some alleged background info, can be viewed below.
(Warning: Images in the video, as well as language used in the caption, are NSFW)
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#dudebro & his chicka were standing for the entire game. words gradually got more and more escalated. there previously was a single mom and her son between us, they left halfway through the 3rd. after that, the lid was off. the dude took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view. the victim telling the #dudebro how they?re being jerks and how rude they are for not sitting. the #dudebro turns around and calls the victim a ?geriatric f?k?, ?fa***t?, and ?hick?. then sucker punches him right in the face. i don?t know if he got away or left in handcuffs, but i hope it?s the latter. edit: to clarify further, both the puncher and punchee were wearing Panthers attire. The assailant was seated in section 541, row 24, seat 10.
As the Instagram user mentions, team allegiances apparently weren’t a factor.
The NFL reportedly has been in contact with Panthers security regarding the incident.
No word yet on the identity of the victim.
UPDATE (2:45 p.m. ET): The Panthers released a statement Friday regarding the incident that took place Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium. The team has identified the fan who punched an older fan and is working with local police.